Why not get involved in Diabetes Week 2014?
4th June 2014
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This year Diabetes week is from 8-14th June, Whether you suffer from diabetes yourself or simply want to find out more there's so many ways to get involved, read this blog for more information.

This year’s theme for Diabetes Week is ‘I Can’ which means, no matter what Diabetes throws at you, you can get through it.

The aim of the week is for you to share your success stories, of all the challenges you have faced and overcome, what diabetes will never stop you doing. Or if you know someone with diabetes and you’re supporting them, how do you help them.

Diabetes is quite a common condition, around 2.6 million people in the UK have been diagnosed with it, so on average around 4 in every 100 people. There are two types of diabetes, type 1 and type 2.

Type 1 diabetes is characterised by a lack of insulin, usually begins under the age of 40 and there is normally no history of the disease in the family. 

Type 2 diabetes is mainly due to resistance or insensitivity to insulin, rather than to a total lack of insulin. Type 2 diabetes generally occurs after the age of 40 and mostly there is a strong history of the disease in the family. Type 2 diabetes is normally associated with obesity and a lack of exercise. About 60-80% of patients with type 2 diabetes are obese. 

You can help share your story and spread the word about Diabetes Week by putting up posters in and around Bolton. You can also download diabetes information packs here

You could also write a blog etc about your story and share that on your social media using #Ican

If you would like to find out more information about diabetes, have a look at Sykes Chemist’s website because they have a whole article providing so much information.

If you’d like any friendly advice, why not pop into your local Sykes Chemist  branch and speak to one of their lovely pharmacists, they will be able to help!

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